Part of hospital to be demolished to make way for new homes in Chesterfield

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Part of a Chesterfield hospital will be demolished to make way for a new housing development under controversial plans.

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust has been granted conditional planning permission by Chesterfield Borough Council to knock down the disused western wing of Walton Hospital in Whitecotes Lane.

Up to 90 homes, including a new access road from Whitecotes Lane, will then be built.

The trust has also been granted conditional planning permission to build a new car park near to the hospital entrance, again with access from Whitecotes Lane, and extend its southern car park to create an extra 62 spaces.

A trust spokesman said: “This allows for a high-quality, well-designed residential development on the surplus part of the hospital site together with improvements to car parking and general access.”

A number of residents living near the hospital have voiced concern.

David and Lindsay Gutteridge said there would be an “unacceptable” increase in traffic, noise and pollution levels.

Raymond Moore said: “The thought of potentially 90 extra cars joining an already congested road is frightening.”

Building work must take place within the next three years.